A digest of Christian teaching from circa AD 60-100. Translated by Isaac Hall and John Napier. Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers , Volume 7, edited by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson, American edition, 1886. Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 7, 1886.
"Apologia" means "explanation". In this case, a Greek philosopher who converted to Christianity attempts to explain to Emperor Marcus Aurelius why Christianity is a good thing; or failing that, what Christians believe and do as opposed to what is rumored; and why it was bad for the Empire to persecute Christians just for holding Christian beliefs. The apologia is circa 147-161 A.D. If you're interested at all in history, politics, or religion, this is like a trip in a time... Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1
The Urantia Book presents an integrated world view composed from the concepts and ideas of more than 2,000 individuals who have contributed to the fields of science, philosophy, religion, history, sociology and theology during the last 2,000 years. Compiled by an editorial staff of superhuman beings, the text provides a comprehensive perspective of human origins, history and destiny. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Computer generated text to speech
"Napoleonder", a Russian folk tale about Napoleon's career, and "The Napoleon of the People", a chapter from Balzac's novel The Country Doctor describing French folk beliefs about Napoleon's special powers and destiny. Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Folk-Tales of Napoleon, translated by George Kennan (1902)
A short medieval treatise on the mystical experience of hearing angels' song, and how to distinguish true mystical experiences from false ones. Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: The Cell of Self-Knowledge, 1521
This is not so much a sermon on Advent or December, as the old fast of the "Ember Days" that used to be celebrated four times a year. (Zacharias 8:19: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and great solemnities.") The December ones always fell during Advent, of course, thus contributing to the penitential and preparatory... Topics: Spirituality, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 12, CCEL
We discuss a nonfiction piece from the issue, Tom Vollman's "Jimmy." We discuss stories we've read and loved this week, including the latest issue of Prairie Schooner and Callan Wink's Dog Run Moon. We set writing goals for the summer. And we answer reader questions. Topics: fiction, nonfiction, poetry
If it's easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to be saved, what rich man will be? St. Clement of Alexandria comforts the worried and worries the comfortable in this Early Christian bestseller, which grapples with salvation, trust in God, and perseverance. Topics: Audiobook - nonfiction, religion
An essay from an Early Christian bishop and martyr on the spiritual importance of unity in the Church. It stresses the importance of holding the same doctrine, but also the vital need for love and harmony within and among all Christians. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, Religion, spirituality Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers
A treatise on the validity of using images as an aid to worship by St. John of Damascus (aka St. John Damascene), written while he lived under the second generation of Muslim rule in Syria. But it was also aimed at the Iconoclasts (image-breakers) who controlled the Christian Byzantine Empire at the time, and were not above killing artists. St. John not only points out that icons support the doctrine of the Incarnation -- since God made flesh becomes visible and drawable -- but also that the... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: On holy images, followed by three sermons on the Assumption. Tr. by Mary H. Allies, 1898.
A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The second part of the book, "A Treatise on Discretion", discusses how all good things must be done with discretion, which is part of love; how Christ is like a bridge; how virtues and good works should not be done out of fear or as an end in themselves, but out of love; and how the soul should learn to love God unconditionally as a friend and adopted child, not just for God's good gifts. Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism Source: The Dialog of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
Bishop Asterius of Amasea (c. 375-405 AD) talks about Christ's ideas on marriage, the wonderfulness of wives, and why casual divorce is a Bad Idea. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ancient Sermons for Modern Times, tr. by Galusha Anderson and Edgar Johnson Goodspeed
This excerpt from St. Zeno of Verona's Tractatus talks about the unborn Jesus' time in Mary's womb. (Lib. ii., Tractatus viii. et ix., Patrologia Latina Tom. 11, pp. 413-417.) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: The Blessed Virgin in the Fathers of the First Six Centuries by Thomas Livius, 1893.
Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna writes to the Church in Philippi. At their request, the subject is righteousness and righteous living. Apparently, this letter was written either shortly before or after St. Ignatius of Antioch's martyrdom, as the Philippians are anxious to read Ignatius' letters and Polycarp is anxious to hear tidings of Ignatius. Way before the Council of Nicaea, though; so listen and find out what Christianity was like towards the end of its first century! Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
After the death of his brother St. Basil the Great, and after being unable to visit his eldest sister St. Macrina and his last surviving brother for eight long years, St. Gregory of Nyssa finally arrived for a visit and found his formidable sister on her deathbed. In an attempt to cheer him up, St. Macrina held a Socratic dialogue with him. He told about this in her biography, but had no space to include it. In this separate work, he does. Of course, both the vagaries of memory and the points... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, Religion, spirituality Source: Translation by William Moore and Henry Austin Wilson, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series 2, Volume 5.
The influential early Christian writer Tertullian gives his thoughts on the virtue of patience. As he freely admit, this is not typecasting. The man had some serious anger issues which do creep out, even here. But as he argues that all evil has its origin in impatience, you may find that today's hurried world tends to prove him right. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
The classic handbook for ordinary people who want to live spiritually devout lives continues, with advice on how to resist temptations and constantly renew your commitment to loving and serving God. Continues from IntroDevout and IntroDevout2 . Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, Religion, spirituality
In this volume of Against Heresies , Irenaeus uses Jesus' statements quoted in the Gospel to argue against the Gnostics' interpretation of Jesus. He emphasizes the continuity of the Old Testament with the New, and the ways the Son made appearances or was foreshadowed in the Old Testament. (For some reason, none of my more recent audiobooks have been put into the Maria Lectrix section by the nice archive.org folks. But that's where to find my recordings of Book I , Book II , and Book III . Book... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
The fifth and final part of the book, comprised of the translator's Introduction (giving historical information), and his appendix, a letter from one of St. Catherine's associates telling about her death. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism Source: The Dialog of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
The spiritual classic continues as the voice of Christ discusses suffering and consolation with a would-be disciple. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, CCEL
This section of the medieval spiritual classic talks about the Interior Life. Topics include meditation, humility, human goodness and purity, singlemindedness of purpose, a good conscience, not worshipping just for the sake of getting nice fuzzy feelings, perseverence in the sake of suffering, and willingly carrying one's cross for love of Jesus. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
Not just another sermon on the story of the repentant woman who washed Jesus' feet. Ephrem adds his own poetic touch, making his point by elaborating on the story and adding new characters. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
This is _the_ medieval management book, written by the pope who set up the Catholic Church to survive the Dark Ages. It was written for bishops and read by huge numbers of European lay leaders as well as church ones. This is the book that King Alfred so wanted to spread around that he had it translated into English. This is a book that still has important lessons today. The first part considers what sort of person you ought to have in charge and what sort not, as well as good and bad reasons... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, leadership Source: Trans. by Barmby, from Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol. XII
This is an anonymous but apparently firsthand account of the martyrdom (eaten by animals in a Roman arena) of St. Ignatius of Antioch. From Ante-Nicene Fathers , Volume 1. Ed. by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson. American edition, 1885. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1
The following work offers in book form the series of studies on the question of the historicity of Jesus, presented from time to time before the Independent Religious Society in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, 1909. No effort has been made to change the manner of the spoken, into the more regular form of the written, word. (Summary by M.M. Mangasarian (1859-1943) and Joanne Pauwels) Readers: Steven Collins and Joanne Pauwels For further information, including links to online text, reader information,... Topics: librivox, audiobook, nonfiction, philosophy Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of LESSONS ON MANNERS FOR HOME AND SCHOOL USE, by EDITH E. WIGGIN. It is true that good manners, like good morals, are best taught by the teacher's example. It is also true that definite lessons, in which the subject can be considered in its appropriate divisions, are of no little value if we would have our children attain to "that finest of the fine arts, a beautiful behavior." (From the author's Introduction) For further information, including links to online... Topics: librivox, audiobook, manners, nonfiction Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
A short and punchy sermon on Lent, depicting it as not only a time of penitence, almsgiving, and training in self-control and virtue, but of direct conflict between Christians and demons. Yep, nothing like a little spiritual advice from the pope who faced down Attila the Hun. Also includes bonus sermon! Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
Tells the story of the arraignment, imprisonment and execution in the arena of a young Roman noblewoman and her friends from the church in Africa. Contains one of the few autobiographical accounts from the ancient world written by a woman -- and an African woman at that! -- which have come down to us. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion
This medieval Christian "bestseller" continues with more thoughts on prayer, humility, and depending on God. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Spirituality, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
On July 6, 1776, before the Declaration of Independence had been ratified by the conventions of the colonies, Maryland declared itself independent in these words. Drafted by Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, this moving declaration displays a subtly different understanding of the grievances and rights of the people of the colonies. (Though the complaints about being treated like slaves sound ironic to modern ears.) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history Source: The Chronicles of Baltimore, by Col. J. Thomas Scharf, 1874
St. Cyril continues to tell the catechumens, previously exposed only to the Scriptures, everything they need to know about the Church. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 | Mystagogical Lectures Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
After a period of Imperial persecution, the Bishop of Carthage writes to his flock about those people who didn't stand up to it, but readily agreed to sacrifice to the Emperor and the gods. He urges these people to repent, confess their sins, and do penance. He also denounces those who provide the lapsed with invalid forms of reconciliation with the Church or tell them that their sins aren't serious, thus endangering the souls of the lapsed. Complete in 2 parts. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion